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Somnath Lahiri

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Occupation  Writer and Editor
Name  Somnath Lahiri

Political party  Communist Party of India

Somnath Lahiri (1901–1984) was an Indian statesman, writer and a leader of Communist Party of India. He was a member of Constituent Assembly of India from Bengal and later served as a Member Odisha legislative assembly.


Early life

Lahiri became attracted with Marxism under the guidance of Bengali revolutionary Bhupendranath Datta in 1930. Initially he worked in E.B. Railway workers' union and played an important role with Dr. Ronen Sen and Abdul Halim to built the Communist party’s Calcutta Committee.


Lahiri joined in Communist party in 1931 and started working in Rail and Trum workers Union in Kolkata. In 1933 he organized the first labour association of Tata Iron & Steel in Jamshedpur. According to the party's resolution of 1938 he became attached with Muzaffar Ahmed (politician) and Bankim Mukherjee and joined in Left consolidation committee. He also leaded the historical Sweeper strike of Kolkata Municipal Corporation in 1944. Lahiri was the sole Communist member in the Constituent Assembly in 1946, substantially contributed to the debates regarding drafting of the Constitution of India.


Somnath Lahiri was well known political intellectual and writer. In 1931 he translated the book The State and Revolution in Bengali. Samyobad (Socialism) is his another book. He was the editor of Swadhinata, a daily left political magazine and wrote many articles in Ganashakti, Aage Cholo, Kalanatar. Kalijuger golpo, The short stories collection of Somnath Lahiri was first published in 1967.


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